MS Word Concept Virus

Subject: MS Word Concept Virus
From: Gillian Mcgarvey <Gillian_McGarvey -at- OVID -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 10:40:58 -0400

To: techwr-l @
Subject: MS Word Concept Virus

Some of you Word users might be interested in the existence of this
virus. Just something to watch out for...
---------------------- Forwarded by Gillian McGarvey/New York/Ovid
Technologies Inc. on 12/09/96 10:34 AM ---------------------------
(Embedded image moved to file: PIC21732.PCX) Charles Cunningham
12/06/96 07:31 PM

To: Gillian McGarvey/New York/Ovid Technologies Inc.
Subject: More about the Concept Virus

---------------------- Forwarded by Charles Cunningham/Utah/Ovid
Technologies Inc. on 12/06/96 05:26 PM ---------------------------

From: John Littlewood on 12/06/96 04:31 PM

To: Larry Hanks/Utah/Ovid Technologies Inc., Ken Isaacson/Utah/Ovid
Technologies Inc., Charles Cunningham/Utah/Ovid Technologies Inc.
Subject: Concept virus

Concept is a small, yet sophisticated program that attaches itself to Word
Concept is a macro virus. It is not particularly destructive, but can be
annoying. The
Concept virus creates a change with the "Save As" function. The user will not
be able to
choose the drive or the type of file when saving documents. The "TEMPLATES"
button will be grayed. The macro will cause the document to behave as a
template file.

Upon infection, the virus searches for the macros, "Payload" and "FileSaveAs"
NORMAL.DOT templates. If either of these macros exist, Concept assumes that
system is already infected, and aborts. If neither of these files exist, it
begins its infection
process by copying its viral macros to the template and displaying a dialog
box, which
contains the number "1".

Once a Macro virus is running, it can copy itself to other documents, delete
files, and
create general problems in a system. These things occur without the user
running the macro. Once Concept is active on a system, it adds the following
AAAZAO, AAAZFS, and Payload. Two additional macros appear called "AutoOpen"
"FileSaveAs". If these macros existed previously, the contents will be
changed. These
macros can be viewed in the TOOLS, MACRO menu.

Macro viruses spread by having one or more macros in a document. Opening or
the document or any activity which invokes the viral macros, activates the
virus. When
the macro is activated, it copies itself and any other macros it needs,
sometimes to the
global macro file NORMAL.DOT. If they are stored in NORMAL.DOT they are
in all open documents.

At this point, the macro viruses try to spread themselves to other documents.
viruses spread easily through e-mail packages. The ability of these packages
to send and
quickly launch documents can infect hundreds of users at a time. Documents are
more mobile than executable files, passing from machine to machine as
different people,
write, edit or access them. Macro viruses can therefore spread very quickly
business offices and corporations.

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